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    Jordan commented  · 

    I'd say this really needs to be high priority. It should be flexible, recognizing things as simple as "12/11" or "Fri" as well as more complex strings like "every other tues starting 12/15". But at least push out the simple stuff to all platforms asap, please. Wunderlist had this and To Do is like four or five years old now.

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    working on it  ·  Polly responded

    While we aren’t adding automatic population of due dates to My Day at the moment, we have made some significant changes to the Planned list.

    Rolling out on Android now (version 2.17), and coming soon to other platforms, you can now see a distinct Today view in the Planned list. You can also choose to group this view by list so that you get a view of what you have to do today across all your lists. You can choose to close particular lists e.g. Home if you don’t want to see it while at work.

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    With respect, many if not most people commenting here just plain don't understand My Day. One person said "What is the purpose of a ToDo App if it doesn' tell me what to do today?" The purpose is to have all your tasks and due dates laid out so that YOU can decide for yourself what to do today. A piece of software can't competently tell you what to do. Let me just reiterate a few points. One, auto-populating My Day would break the feature. Anyone who "gets" My Day already understands why this is. Two, I can't believe how many people are saying that without auto-population they cannot use To Do, like this is some kind of deal breaker. Hey folks, no other task app has this feature! Nobody offers any feature like My Day except Microsoft To Do. Other apps only offer Today and Upcoming lists that are populated based on due dates. To Do has such a list ("Planned"), but My Day is different, on purpose. My Day allows you to decide how your day is going to look. My Day puts you in control of your daily agenda. Whatever you did yesterday, well that was yesterday. Now having said that, My Day already does helpfully *suggest* tasks to add, but it lets you decide. It doesn't just assume it knows what needs to go in, which is good, because it doesn't know. Three, if you don't like adding tasks to My Day manually, then by all means don't! You don't have to. You can already see a list of tasks overdue, due today, tomorrow and next week, in order. That's called Planned, and it's a nice smart list to have. You can use that. If seeing My Day emptied out each morning annoys you, then My Day simply doesn't fit your routine. That's fine. So ignore My Day altogether. Don't insist Microsoft to defeat the purpose of My Day entirely, which is what auto-populating it would do.

    And let's clear one thing up once and for all: Wunderlist did NOT have this feature.

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    Jordan commented  · 

    I've seen a few "Wunderlist had this" comments. No, Wunderlist did not have a My Day type feature, so it certainly didn't have an autopopulation of it. To repeat: Wunderlist DID NOT have My Day or anything like it. My Day is totally new. Wunderlist, like all the rest, had a Today folder, which merely showed tasks that had that day as the set due date. To Do already has that (it's called "Planned") and that's not like My Day at all.

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    Jordan commented  · 

    Automatic populating of My Day would destroy My Day. My Day is the only thing that separates Microsoft To Do from the rest of the pack (Todoist, TickTick, etc.). I've already explained the rationale in previous posts.

    Furthermore, My Day already suggests what to add under the "Today" list (toggled by the lightbulb icon from within My Day). Autopopulating would obviously be taken straight from that list, so just go in there and add the first several items to My Day, and you've got what you're looking for.

    How can this program know what you want to work on today? It can't, and if it tried guessing, you'd have to double check the automatic entries anyway to make sure you really want to work on them. So how does this save anyone any time?

    However, I can see the use of an option to automatically add a repeating task.

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    "Today" and "This Week" ALREADY exist! They're in the Planned list. My Day is a different kind of list. It only shows things when the user specifically puts them in there for that day. That's how it's meant to work and that's what makes it so special. Wunderlist didn't have this feature.

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    "My Day" is not supposed to be like "Today" in Wunderlist. That would defeat the purpose of My Day altogether. All "Today" does is show you items that are due today, which is fine if that's what you want. I suggest Microsoft add "Today" as an optional list in addition to "Planned." This way, people can have that if they want. But leave My Day alone. Do NOT start throwing items in there for me … I'll do that myself, thank you. The whole idea is that you get a blank slate each day. That is literally *the point* of My Day. If that doesn't fit with your personal method, then you can look at the "Planned" list instead and see everything due today at the top of the list.

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    By the way, To Do already offers suggestions at the start of each day to *help* you pick tasks for My Day. These are based on due dates, tasks left uncompleted from yesterday, and some other smart magic sauce. So isn't this enough? Obviously, if My Day were auto-populated, these suggested tasks would be the tasks populating it! So practically speaking, you've already got this feature! It's just that as is, To Do has enough respect to get your approval for each one instead of presuming to know which ones and how many.

    Here's the thing: your daily agenda is flexible, contextual, and personal. Auto-population would mean the tedium of combing through the automatic choices, deleting some and adding others, to get what I actually want for that day. It would thus entail a *reverse* manual population routine anyway! How is this an improvement?

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    If Microsoft decides that the software can tell me what belongs in My Day instead of me telling it, then the My Day feature will be broken. My Day works because it is not auto-populated. It is manually populated by you on a daily basis, as a "ritual" in which you consider the day ahead. This cannot be overwhelming to the user for the following reason. Everyone *must* decide what to work on (and, therefore, what not to) every day, or one could never begin to work on anything. In other words, if manually choosing My Day tasks is overwhelming, then so is choosing tasks in real life. But by picking the My Day tasks out of all your upcoming tasks, you have decided what to tackle that day. Auto-population of this list would make it little better than simply opening up Planned and tackling it in chronological order.

    However, I can see the usefulness of being able to plan for something you want in *tomorrow's* My Day, and maybe being able to trigger that a day early so that it shows up. But again, it's still you picking it, not an algorithm.

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    Jordan commented  · 

    Dan Paulson, the Today and Week view of Wunderlist (and Todoist and others) is replicated in the Planned list in To-Do. You still have that, so My Day hasn't replaced it.

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    Let me state this clearly: My Day is why I use Microsoft To-Do. The genius of this feature is precisely its dissociation from due dates and the requirement that the user fill it in by hand each and every day. This is key. If To-Do did not have My Day, I'd still be using Todoist. My Day is a game changer.

    Someone here requested you actually remove this feature. That's crazy. There are a dozen good task management apps (Todoist, Any.Do, Remember the Milk, Toodledo, etc.) that are all very alike, and probably more mature than To-Do, none of which have anything akin to My Day, and they can use one of those other apps. What makes To-Do stand apart? My Day. And precisely the fact that My Day is *not* simply a list of tasks due today. (To see a list of tasks with today as the due date, just open the Planned list.) My Day means you open the app and *decide* that morning what you want to work on that day. It allows you to think about the day ahead and set those goals—daily.

    Therefore, My Day should NOT auto-populate. That would ruin it. The "Today" panel already does a good job of recommending items to add to My Day on a particular day. But the fact that you have to add them by choice is what makes My Day the daily mental organizer that it is. I wish all the other task apps would copy this feature.

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    Jordan commented  · 

    I like the intentional choosing, and that suggestions are given in your daily review. However, auto-populating of tasks due today could be toggled on or off in the settings. (Modern apps seem to be oversimplified. People can handle options.)

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    At least as an option in settings, yes.

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    working on it  ·  Polly responded

    In our latest iOS & iPadOS update – version 2.5 – we’ve brought smart due dates to the app.

    Will be coming to more platforms in the future.

    Let us know what you think on Twitter (microsofttodo), Facebook (microsofttodo) or Instagram (@microsoft_todo)

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    Jordan commented  · 

    Why did you buy Wunderlist if you were going to rewrite your own task app from the ground up? Smart dates need to be a priority—for all platforms. Say something is due Friday. On the desktop, you're typing in the task and your fingers are already on the keys. You just tap out "fri" and, boom, it recognizes this as the due date, you mash the Enter key, and you're in business. Right now, not only do you have to transfer to the mouse*, but no calendar picker pops up on the initial click, requiring you to drill down one more level, select the date, then click Save.

    *I know you can use tab, arrow keys, and the Enter key to do this by keyboard, but have you actually tried this? It's just not worth it.

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    Jordan commented  · 

    I know other people are asking for other features, but trust me, they're not as important. (The other features, I mean, not the other people 😉.)

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    I need to be honest—I'm getting a little exasperated that smart dates are still not on Windows. Or Android, even in the beta version! I'm not one normally to complain about free software, but I am an Office 365 and Xbox Gold subscriber, so I feel justified. Weren't smart dates already at a mature and spohisticated level in Wunderlist, the software you bought some four and a half YEARS ago as the foundation for your own task management app? Don't you have a load of AI assets already built up? If Skype can translate speach in real time, why can't To Do understand the word "tomorrow"? Little software companies all have it: Todoist, Tick Tick, what's left of Wunderlist. Cortana understands spoken dates. So, what's going on? Smart dates were added to the iOS app in November over two months ago, and not even the beta has it on Android. But this isn't about iOS getting it first. This is about the fact that smart dates should have been a launch day feature. And I know what you're thinking ... I have choices. Why don't I just use something else? I've tried, and I really do like To Do better than any of them. That's the most frustrating of all. If I hated To Do, I wouln't be on this forum. But it's like, arrrgh! Every time To Do is updated through the Store, I get my hopes up. I just don't undertand the hold up. Look, an app with a name like "Remember the Milk" shouldn't be outclassing one of the premier software developers in the world, right?

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    Jordan commented  · 

    @Uday Given Microsoft's AI capability, I have to believe that better natural language support, like the example you gave, is coming to To Do at some point. Eventually, To Do should be able to understand phrases such as "every other Wed starting next week" and "first of each month" and "third Thurs of each month" or even "90 days from now" and things like that. They've got to infuse some of Cortana's smarts into this and it can really shine. For now, I'm still waiting for the easy stuff like "today" or "Friday".

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    Jordan commented  · 

    Windows and Android user here. Any time now would be fine.

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    So much for Windows first, Windows best. But hey, I'm just glad this is coming shortly. I'll be checking the Windows and Android apps for updates like an old lady at her favorite slot machine 😃

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    Dear Microsoft, stop what you're doing and put this feature in the next update. Being able to type in "today" or "Nov 12" or "every thurs" is way more important than calendar integration or themes or whatever else you're working on.

    Because right now, unless the thing is due today, tomorrow, or "next week" (meaning next Sunday), this is a four-click operation. And trying to do it with just the keyboard is really clunky. Listen, I like To-Do, or I wouldn't even be on this forum, but natural language dates has got to be job #1 now. It's like two years overdue.

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    Jordan commented  · 

    I totally agree. I like the new Completed smart list, but please add option to sort by completion date, not just due date. Like Jennifer below, I too accidentally "completed" some task (I didn't see what it was), and it should be at the top of the completed stack. Also, I'd like to see them all in one list rather than separated by project.

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    Not that I'm a big Gmail fan, but I use it at work. A Gmail add-on for To Do would be invaluable.

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    … At least for the desktop app (Windows, Mac) where there is plenty of screen space.

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    Definitely. How does this only have 11 votes? When you click on the date icon, the pop-up should have Today, Tomorrow, and the calendar already up.

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    working on it  ·  Polly responded

    This week we’re rolling out a brand new Planned list on Android (version 2.17) which gives you a 7 day week view. You can view the tasks by day or by list.

    It will be coming soon to other platforms.

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    The "Planned" list already shows tasks for the upcoming week in due date order, so what are we asking for here? Am I misunderstanding something? No wonder they put this on the backlog.

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    working on it  ·  Marcel responded

    With the last update of To-Do across platforms we have enabled the option to see flagged emails from Outlook as Tasks in Microsoft To-Do. Simply flag an email in Outlook to create a task from it in To-Do.

    You can enable this feature in Microsoft To-Do from within the App Settings.

    To get the latest version of To-Do please go to https://products.office.com/en-us/microsoft-to-do-list-app

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    In Outlook.com, you can drag and drop emails into To-Do with the new My Day panel (not to be confused with the "My Day" list in the To-Do app). This is really cool. Thanks.

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    To-Do 2.0 does look really good. I like the "card" for each task. But why is there a mix of MDL2 icons and other more cartoonish icons? And why isn't the left pane acrylic?

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    No. That would be the same as a Due Today view. You might want to focus on a task today that isn't due until a later date. That's what My Day is for.

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